We help individuals and businesses in the Harrogate District to find volunteering opportunities. We also provide advice and support to groups which involve volunteers.
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We are delighted to announce that our charity has recently received the Duke of York Award. The Duke of York's Community Initiative recognises excellence and is presented annually to charities throughout Yorkshire and Humberside which are making a real difference to the communities they serve.
Volunteer in the Great Outdoors
The summer months enhance our love of being outdoors and there are a variety of outdoor volunteering opportunities across the Harrogate District!
If it is nature that gives you a buzz Open County provides the opportunity to do practical conservation work - including fencing, burning brash, tree planting or pond digging. Joining their team of Trailblazers who specialise in footpath work to ensure everyone can access routes into the countyside.
You could become part of the pioneering team of volunteers for Rotary Club of Harrogate who are working on a scheme to reduce invasive Himalayan Balsam in the Harrogate District.
In addition to making new friends and getting some exercise, in fact a good alternative to working out in the gym, conservation volunteering gives great opportunities to learn useful practical skills. For example Bilton Conservation Group are involved in wildlife habitat improvement including bird boxing and pond building and with Knaresborough Nidd Gorge Conservation Volunteers there are opportunities to erect bridges and boardwalks and clear streams.
Aspin Pond which is rich in wildlife and is widely thought to have belonged to the medieval Knaresborough Priory. But in recent years it has been a neglected eyesore. Join the team of volunteers and be a part of its renaissance! An exciting project is now underway to protect, research and enhance this historic pond for the benefit of the community and future generations. Volunteers are also sought to photograph and record flora and fauna over the seasons. Alternatively volunteers with an interest in history/archaeology can join a study group to carry out research on the site to link it to other historic sites in Knaresborough.
If you enjoy the urban flowerbeds and parks in Knaresborough and can give some time every now and then during the mornings there are various tasks to help with at Bebra Gardens and planting helpers are needed for short periods by Knaresborough in Bloom. As planting is in public places in Knaresborough, you will be creating instant colour on the streets with a big 'wow-factor'!
If you love being near water volunteering with the Canal and River Trust might be just up your street (or canal!). Volunteers do their bit to keep the canal near Ripon a special place. Opportunities are open to anyone aged between 18-70. The Trust is currently seeking a Volunteer Lock Keeper. This role includes helping boaters through the locks, providing a polite and friendly welcome to waterway visitors and to help maintain historic, listed locks.
Tour guide volunteer roles can combine the fun of being outdoors while building on interpersonal skills. National Trust Wildlife Activity Leaders will have a keen interest in natural history and will be involved in a programme of wildlife walks and activities to help visitors learn more about what makes the Fountains Abbey estate so special. At the Ripon Museum Historic Garden volunteers interested in the history and heritage of this site can both, build on their own interest of the site and enthuse visitors.
For those with a preference for spending their time outdoor in sport, North Yorkshire Sport is seeking Sports and Event Volunteers throughout the year. Opportunities are open to anyone aged 16+. More specifically, Henshaws is looking for Triathlon Team volunteers who can either swim, run or tandem cycle to help with training and to support the team of members who may be blind, have a visual impairment and other disabilities on the different Triathlons that they compete in during the year.
Killinghall Nomads FC are seeking volunteers with coaching skills to coach a small group of disabled young people/young people of varying abilities. Volunteers who give a regular amount of time will be offered the opportunity to undertake a formal coaching qualification paid for by the club.
Nominations Now Open for the Volunteering Oscars 2016
Do you know someone who does a lot for the local community? It could be a friend, family member, a volunteer you work with or even a local business. Why not show your appreciation by nominating them for a Volunteering Oscar.
Shortlisted nominees will be invited to our annual Volunteering Oscars Awards Ceremony at the Old Swan Hotel on 28th October 2016. The event begins with a champagne reception followed by a ceremony which celebrates volunteers from around the district and the Oscar winners.